Mandurah Pirates RUFC

Mandurah Pirates RUFC

Club History

The Mandurah Pirates formed in 1994 and toured to the Country Carnival in Collie with 12 players.
The Club was formally founded in 1995 and once again the Pirates entered the Country Carnival held in Esperance. The first home game was played at Coote Reserve in this year against Midland and was won by the Mandurah Pirates.
1997 saw the Pirates accepted into the West Australian Rugby Union competition playing second grade under the umbrella of Bunbury.
The Pirates remained undefeated all season and won the second grade minor and major premierships, a remarkable effort in their first year of competition.
1998 saw the club field 1st and 2nd grade teams in the District competition with the 1st grade team again winning their minor and major premierships. State awards for highest try scorer to Doug Ellis, and competition Fairest and Best to Blair Strong capped off a very successful year for the club. Also in this year, the juniors formed fielding teams in U/8,U/11 and U/13 grades.
1999 was not such a good year for the Pirates with the loss of up to 12 key players to senior clubs and work commitments. The highlights of this year were a fantastic performance to take out the Cottesloe Easter Sevens competition and the naming of Hemi Kara Maena as the competitions fairest and best player.
The 2000 season has seen the Pirates field teams in 1st grade,2nd grade and five junior grades.
Over the next few years the clubs Junior ranks have gone from strength to strength – now boasting competitive teams in every age group from U6s to U16s.
The volunteer base for this to be a success had to grow and through a lot of hard work this has happened. The Pirates now have coaches, managers and assistant coaches for each age group.
The club endeavours to finance the training and education of all its volunteers which eventually will produce quality coaches/volunteers ready for the future.
The seniors have been playing consistently for the past four years reaching the grand final each year although not winning until 2009. This was a tremendous achievement and a great effort by all concerned.
2010 has seen the first home grown side come through from the juniors into the seniors in the shape of the inaugural Under 18s. Let’s hope they do well.
The Pirates are to move to new clubrooms in 2011, these are situated on Oakmont Drive in Meadow Springs. The complete development is being constructed on a budget of over $4 million. Once completed the new facility will enable the senior and Junior sides of the club to come together – at last!!!!!!
The development will be one of the best rugby facilities in Perth when completed and this will enable the Pirates to strive towards Premier Grade Rugby by 2013 – fingers crossed!!!!!!!!

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